Controversies in Education pp 199-205

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Markets Made Out of Love: Parents, Schools and Communities Before Neoliberalism



This chapter responds to the historical dimension of Raewyn’s Connell’s account of the “neoliberal coup” imposed on educational institutions by global business interests and financial markets progressively from the 1980s. Focusing specifically on schools this chapter outlines a historical research agenda for understanding current policy and practice that goes further back in time. It briefly addresses longer histories of debate over the relative merits of centralisation and local control in public schooling and also about the historical agency, expertise and place of parents.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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